UN SDG Action Awards are looking for initiatives and individuals who make meaningful impact on the SDGs

UN SDG Action Campaign
3 min readMar 29, 2022

Bonn, Germany — The UN SDG Action Campaign has launched the 2022 UN SDG Action Awards and is calling for initiatives, individuals, and organizations across the globe to share their stories of transformation and impact towards achieving the 2030 Agenda.

Finalists and winners will be celebrated at a special event in Bonn, Germany during the UN General Assembly and the Global Week to #Act4SDGs this September.

In this challenging moment the world is facing, it is more important than ever to shine a spotlight of hope and togetherness, and on people making a positive impact where they are. Through recognizing real-life examples and initiatives, the Awards aim to remind us that the SDG story can be (re-)written to shape a new reality to realize what most people want: More inclusive, peaceful and sustainable societies, no later than 2030.

“By showcasing local action and elevating these initiatives and individuals to a global platform, we bring people together and show what we can do when we act together. The UN SDG Action Campaign remains hopeful that we can face the current challenges such as the pandemic, conflict, and inequalities in solidarity, and flip division into togetherness and apathy to action. The power is in our hands to show that we can flip the script on what is expected; that when there is a will and an urgency, change is possible. ’’ — Marina Ponti, Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign.

The Awards seek initiatives that mobilize, inspire and connect people to drive action towards a more sustainable future on a healthy planet — those that are flipping the script and rethinking how we live and what progress and development look like. This year the Awards also seek individuals — — Changemakers — that inspire and empower others through their actions.

“Through the UN SDG Action Awards, we want to find those extraordinary people and transformative projects that drive action towards a more sustainable, prosperous future. We know that every day, people across the globe are responding to the world around and are innovating to show what is possible. We want to take a moment and shine a spotlight that change can happen — and that change starts with each one of us.” — Hannah Messenger, Lead for UN SDG Action Awards, UN SDG Action Campaign

Applications are reviewed against clear criteria measuring the impact, the transformative nature of the approach, and the replicability or potential for scale, with winners being selected by a panel of prominent judges. The Awards application process is open to all until 1 May 2022.

For more information about the UN SDG Action Awards visit: sdgactionawards.org

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About the UN SDG Action Awards

The UN SDG Action Awards are a signature program of the UN SDG Action Campaign. Since 2018, the UN SDG Action Awards have been identifying and celebrating changemakers across the world who have been re-thinking ways to drive progress towards the 2030 Agenda. Last year, the Awards received over 2000 initiatives submitted to the three application categories from 140+ countries. The UN SDG Action Awards alumni page highlights the stories of previous winners.



UN SDG Action Campaign

Official account of the UN SDG Action Campaign, aiming to mobilize, inspire & connect a movement to #FlipTheScript for the #GlobalGoals